The Kansas City Convention Center may be like the convention center in your town: a big, wide-open space with concrete floors, a truss support roof, and the steady hum from the metal halide lights.
But on May 22 and 23, it also was full of potential: the best and brightest engineering students from all over North America, applying some of the same structural engineering principles used to design and construct that facility’s roof structure.
Representing 48 schools, these soon-to-be professionals were in Kansas City to compete in the 24th Annual ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC).
I was fascinated by the teams and their bridges, and it was great to have a chance to talk about ASCE with these passionate students. I told them about my days at the ASCE Chapter at the University of Virginia in the 1980s and learned that many of their challenges are the same ones I had 30 years ago. Like me, they are looking for ways to handle tough classes, to launch a job search, and to hang out with people interested in building a better world. They love to compete, to show the world what they can do, and to build stuff. I do, too. They also were not deterred by failure, like the bridge collapse due to replacement bolts that double-sheared, providing a lesson learned for real life.Competitions like Steel Bridge and the upcoming Concrete Canoe National Competition are just the beginning of the ways ASCE builds our future engineers. Not only does ASCE have a long tradition of sponsoring collegiate competitions and student chapters at the university level, but we also sponsor online bridge design competitions to attract and inspire STEM talent through Engineering Encounters; and we now offer support for Civil Engineering Clubs in high schools. There is also an extensive library of learning tools for kids K-12 on our website. These activities are fun, engaging and show a new generation of young people how civil engineers shape the world around them.
Whether we are making a transition from our formal studies to our first real jobs or thinking about our lasting legacies for the profession, members look to ASCE to give all of us a platform to advance civil engineering and serve the public good. Facing those challenges together is one of the fundamental reasons that we have the Society, and its value to civil engineers throughout the world grows daily. You can rest assured that it’ll be in good hands when the students I met in Kansas City become the professionals – and leaders – that take us into the future.
ASCE: Your Professional Development Source
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Meet ASCE’s class of 2015, our 13 newest Distinguished Members
The highest honor ASCE can bestow, Distinguished Membership is awarded by the Board of Direction to members who have “attained eminence,” as stated in ASCE’s bylaws, in their civil engineering specialty. The new Class of 2015 comprises 13 professionals noted for their contributions as practitioners or academics. Get to know each as profiled in ASCE News.
Your input will help ASCE deliver more relevant services to you
ASCE is building a database of members’ interests that will guide the Society to better tailor our services, and needs your input to help make it relevant. In less than five minutes, you can indicate your professional interests by category and subcategory. Log in to asce.org/interests with your member number to complete your Professional Interest Inventory. Help ASCE help you meet your career goals.
Three Distinguished Lecturers named for ASCE Convention
A former feature of the Society’s annual conference, the Distinguished Lecture Series is back by popular demand as a part of the revamped format for the ASCE Convention, coming in October to New York City. Delve into water management and flood mitigation, the famed Roebling engineering family, and new lessons from “Galloping Gertie” with these thought leaders.
Have you explored ASCE’s free Civil Engineering Vendor Search?
Designed to help you search smarter, not harder, ASCE’s Civil Engineering Vendor Search is an online buyer’s guide that will help you easily locate the goods and services needed to work more efficiently. Check it out and discover why civilengineeringvendorsearch.com is worth bookmarking to return to regularly.
ASCE Week: Effective, efficient way to meet license renewal requirements
Looking for an efficient way to expand your knowledge, strengthen your professional relationships and earn enough PDHs to meet your license renewal requirements? Plan to be part of ASCE Week, Sept. 21-25, in Las Vegas, where ASCE’s most popular face-to-face seminars will be available in one location in one intensive week. The course lineup covers several seismic-oriented topics, mechanized bridge construction, “law school” and construction administration for engineers, and more. A special mid-week tour explores Hoover Dam, Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and Lake Mead. Register now to get early bird rates. ASCE arranged special room rates at The Venetian and Palazzo Resort. Get the details and sign up.
ASCE offers multimedia F.E. exam review
Our Continuing Education team has just released an on-demand, multimedia Fundamentals of Engineering review course, designed for younger members, students, and those who work with early career civil engineers about to take the exam. The course features 14 modules and quizzes to help the budding engineer prepare for the F.E. exam. The content may be repeated as many times as the learner desires. See the course details. If the exam is in your past but you know a new grad, forward the link.